Leyton Orient v Forest Green Rovers – Breyer Group Stadium – Sky Bet League Two
Leyton Orient v Forest Green Rovers – Preview:
PETER KITCHEN is clearly as concerned as any Leyton Orient supporter over their recent struggles.
A Woeful sequence of results, a sacked manager and a team that are out of sorts and lacking confidence has seen more than a few glum faces in the stands at Brisbane Road.
And the former O’s frontman believes they face another tough test when high-flying Forest Green Rovers are the visitors to E10 on Saturday, although he thought the opportunity for interim boss, Ross Embleton, to spend a week with the squad could have a positive effect on them.
“This whole episode has been very disruptive for everyone at the club,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“The departure of Fletcher happened so quickly and was such a surprise, that in fairness to Ross and the coaching team, they had very little time to prepare the players physically and mentally for the Scunthorpe game.”
Forest Green arrive in the capital sitting second in Sky Bet League Two and although they were beaten by Plymouth Argyle last time out, Kitchen confirmed it would take a huge effort from the O’s to take something from the match.
“Ross will have worked tirelessly with the team throughout the week, trying to reinstall some belief and ensuring the training ground is a happy place to be. Any job is difficult if the working environment is uneasy and tense – that needs to be eradicated straight away.
“However, the bigger picture is that Orient can ill-afford to continue this wretched run. Forest Green are decent on the road – winning their last two, one of which was at fellow promotion-hopefuls, Cheltenham Town.
“Defensively, they have been miserly, conceding only eleven goals so far this season, while striker Jack Aitchison, on loan from Celtic, will need to be shackled as will former O’s midfielder, Ebou Adams.”
Kitchen continued: “This game offers Orient a chance to put the Fletcher episode behind them and a positive result will ensure that last week is quickly forgotten by the Brisbane Road faithful.
“Team selection and how Ross sets the team out will be key and will give us an indication of intent. I don’t think we can afford to be too cavalier as this might play into the defensive strengths of Forest Green. But we do have to be seen getting men forward and trying to win the game.
“It is vital that the supporters see a team doing their individual and collective jobs to the best of their ability. That is the very least requirement needed if we are going to take something from the match.”
Leyton Orient v Forest Green Rovers – Head to head:
This will be the first meeting between Leyton Orient and Forest Green Rovers
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 0-0 Forest Green Rovers
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-2 Forest Green Rovers